The new Ford Tourneo Custom van was just introduced last month in Europe as a people mover, and now Ford has just released its cargo van version called the Ford Transit Custom. Again, this new cargo van will be available only in Europe. What gives? We know that the U.S. got the Ford Transit here in the U.S., it is fuel efficient and practical, but the current style got to go. Is it just us or the grass always green on the other side?
Lets get back to the Ford Transit Custom cargo van for the European market and elsewhere in the world. There will be two versions available: short base and long base models. The short wheelbase version has a length of 16.3 feet and the long wheelbase model is about 17.5 feet long. The Ford Transit Custom cargo van has about 212 cubic feet of cargo space, which can stack about three pallets up to three feet high.
“This may be a more stylish Transit, but it’s a more functional Transit too,” said Barry Gale, Commercial Vehicles chief engineer, Ford of Europe. “The additional features we have built into the load space make everyday functions more convenient – so it’s easier for customers to do their job.”
For power, the all-new Ford Transit Custom has been developed to provide greater fuel efficiency than most conventional vans. It is powered by a 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which is available in 100PS, 125PS and 155PS power ratings. In addition, it also features Auto-Start-Stop technology as standard on Stage V models to deliver a combined fuel consumption of 6.6 l/100km (42.8 mpg) and 174 g/km CO2 emissions.
At any rate, Ford will be replacing the E-Series van line with a new Transit van model for the North American market by next year. In addition to the current Ecoboost four-cylinder engine, the Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 engine will also be available on the 2013 Ford Transit for the U.S. market.